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Hundreds turn out to make Aylesbury hospice walk a success

'Not the Midnight Walk' took place over the weekend for Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:09pm 20th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Hundreds turn out to make Aylesbury hospice walk a success

Nearly £100,000 has been raised from an alternative to the traditional Midnight Walk event in Aylesbury.

They took a chance on re-designing a well-loved local charity fundraising event - and Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity's team are breathing a sigh of relief and joy as Hospice supporters have rallied round the Hospice to make this one of the most successful fundraising event ever.

The Midnight Walk had to be transformed into Not The Midnight Walk due to coronavirus restrictions.

FNHC Not the Midnight Walk
The pink bunny ears weren't forgotten!

Instead of taking place at midnight around a marshalled route, the Charity asked Walkers to get up at dawn and start walking at 5am around a route of their own choosing, as long as it was at least 5 miles.

As well as walking in Buckinghamshire, participants took part as far afield as Edinburgh and Devon.

Vicky Harman, Events Manager at FNHC, said:

"We have been overwhelmed by the response.

"We had over 800 people take part, which smashed the previous record for Midnight Walk sign-ups which was around 735.

"Not only that, everyone has raised over £97,000 for the Hospice, which is so much more than we were expecting, and more than we've ever raised at a Midnight Walk. It's just been incredible."

FNHC Not the Midnight Walk

Louise Wooster who walked around Aylesbury with a small group of friends, said:

"This was a super, organised, inclusive and socially distanced fundraiser for a well worthy local charity.

"I chose to do this as I know the Hospice relies on donations to continue a service many have used and may need in the future. At the same time, I had fun and kept fit with friends, along with making new friends. Great community spirit!"

The money raised by Not The Midnight Walkers will make a huge contribution to enable Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity to continue to provide support and care to patients with life-limiting illnesses at the Hospice and at home through the FNH@Home service, which costs £400,000 a year to run.

You can donate online here.

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